2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Australia’s oldest continuing film school.
Celebrate 50 years of Film and Television
Film and Television was established at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992 following the move of the original Swinburne School of Film and Television (est. 1966) to the College.
Alumni have screened their films and won prizes at every prestigious film event imaginable. From the Oscars to Cannes, from the ABC to the BBC, we have been there.
Former students work in every corner of the film and television industries, keeping the wheels turning by providing the creative and technical know-how to produce a huge number of the programs loved by Australian and international audiences.
50th anniversary celebration
On Sunday 19 June we celebrated Film and Television's golden anniversary with a party at the Southbank campus.
The day included performances by the Deans of Soul, the Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen food vans, face painting, DJs, a garage sale, special 50th anniversary merchandise stand, a birthday cake, bubbles and guest speaker and alumnus Oscar winner Adam Elliot.
We also hosted decade reunions during the afternoon for our film and television alumni to catch up and share stories, and launched our Digital Archive Project.
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When Australia met Un-Australia – film in the 2000s
Australian cinema in the 2000s was concerned with immigration, "otherness" and national identity.
Sex in the 90s: feminism on film
Feminism on film underwent a makeover in the 1990s. How did cinema in this decade rework, reject, radicalise or reinforce portrayals of women on screen?
Animation in the 80s: the view from Melbourne
Making an animated film has never been easy, but in the 1980s it seemed the artform’s future was bright.
Film in 1970s Melbourne — the enduring human drama
Every human being has a story to tell, but these student films offer lessons that go beyond the individual.
Cool All at Onceness: Australian film in the 1960s
Ian Baker’s film, shot while a student, reveals much about the era in which it was made.
Film & Television Digital Archive
2016 also marked the launch of our Digital Archive project, which makes original student films available to everyone to view online for the first time.
As part of the 50th Anniversary, we curated a selection of 50 films that showcased alumni contributions to the depth and breadth of Australian filmmaking over the past 50 years, and that highlighted Melbourne’s special place in the Australian film industry.
Visit the Digital Archive website for more information.
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The Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television 50th Anniversary celebrations are proudly supported by our generous sponsors.
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